Chelsea defeated Fulham 2-1 at the Craven Cottage on Sunday, and the win was a massive one for the Blues in what will be one of the toughest fights ever for a top four spot in the Premier League with four teams vying for two spots.
Chelsea are currently sixth on the table and needed a win in the west London derby, and Fulham indeed made it a derby game for Chelsea to remember.
After a dominant first-half for the Blues where Chelsea created and missed a couple of chances, Maurizio Sarri’s men couldn’t cope with the intensity of Scott Parker’s side in the second period, and the team had Kepa Arrizabalaga to thank for his wonderful performance in second-half to help protect Chelsea’s three points.
Chelsea are just a point behind Arsenal and two points behind Manchester United who are currently fourth on the table. The win against Fulham also ensured that Chelsea close the gap on Tottenham to five points, and a win in our outstanding game will take us to fourth on the table and a point ahead of United, while we chase Spurs with two points behind.
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has spoken about the importance of Chelsea’s win over Fulham and has urged his teammates to take the remaining ten league games as finals.
“A London derby presents its own challenges,” he said.
“Although they are a team very low in the table, they tried and gave their all, their supporters were behind them, and there were some parts that were very dangerous. But we showed again that we can suffer.
“It was an important win. There are only 10 matches left and every one of them is a final. We started against Tottenham, we continued away now and it’s good.”
Gonzalo Higuain got his third goal for the club by scoring the opener against Fulham, and Rudiger praised the striker for his movement and hailing him as an experienced forward.
Rudiger said: “Higuain’s goal was impressive. This is how he is. He is trying his best and working for the team.
“Although he’s an experienced player who has played for Real Madrid and Juventus, this is a different competition. You also need to adapt and we as players need to help him as much as possible, and he can help himself by scoring goals.”
Rudiger turned 26 on Sunday and was impressive in the victory against Fulham, and he also made a game-high 78 successful passes, one of which started the move that Higuain finished off with expertise.